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Carly redux and CEO fascination

A News.com reader writes that our fascination with CEOs often prompts reporters to try to show a glimpse of the "character" of the person.

     

      
    Carly redux and CEO fascination

    In response to the Dec. 14 column by Charles Cooper, "Carly and the "babe" factor":

    Having read several profiles this past week of retiring AOL Time Warner CEO Jerry Levin, I think you're being oversensitive. Reporters constantly make reference to his mode of dress (casual), graying hair, or other descriptive features.

    Our fascination with CEOs as driving forces behind companies often prompts reporters to try to give us these little touches to show a glimpse of the "character" of the person profiled or making a statement.

    Sometimes these are to make a point. Drawing attention to Levin's gray hairs makes us understand his retirement. Discussions of Parsons as a "peacemaker" and Pittman as a "go-getter" are supposed to help us understand the succession or rivalry.

    Harold Feld
    Silver Spring, Md.